Chris Cooley Injury Healing, Redskins' Tight End Expects To Play In Week 1 Vs. Giants

Chris Cooley reiterated his confidence that his injured knee will be healed by the time the Redskins play the Giants in Week 1 of the NFL regular season.

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Chris Cooley Injury: Redskins' Tight End Still Expects To Play In Week 1 Vs. Giants

Chris Cooley has missed the entire preseason with a knee injury, but continues to stick to his story that he will be ready to play when the Washington Redskins take on the New York Giants in Week 1 of the NFL regular season. In an interview after practice, Cooley reiterated that he is confident he will be ready to go by then. Via John Keim of the Washington Examiner.

Cooley: I'm 100 percent confident I'll be ready for the #giants game. #redskinsless than a minute ago via Mobile Web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Cooley also said he expects to practice beginning next week. In his absence, Fred Davis has received the first-team reps at tight end.

For more on Cooley's injury, visit Hogs Haven.

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Chris Cooley Injury: Redskins' Tight End Sees Dr. James Andrews, But Expects To Play In Season Opener

Chris Cooley's ongoing knee injury took an ominous turn over the weekend when the Redskins' tight end saw Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion, according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan. Andrews is one of the most famous knee specialists in sports, so anytime someone sees him, the natural reaction is to be concerned that his injury is more serious than it appears.

However, in an interview with Paulsen, Cooley said there is no reason to worry.

"To be honest with you, and I mean this," he said. "I would be amazed if I didn't play against the Giants," Cooley said, via phone on Monday afternoon. "We had the wrong plan," Cooley said. "Now I'm confident we have the right plan."

Cooley's knee injury has kept him out often at camp, so the visit was merely to check in on it. The injury originally occurred as residue from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery.

For more on Washington Redskins training camp, visit that StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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Chris Cooley Injury Expected To Sideline Redskins' Tight End For Two Weeks, Mike Shanahan Says

The Washington Redskins were mostly all smiles after their 16-7 NFL preseason win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field on Friday, but there was some concerning news to report when it came to tight end Chris Cooley. Cooley did not play in Friday's game, and afterwards, coach Mike Shanahan indicated he may not play much at all this preseason.

Via Rick Maese of the Washington Post:

Tight end Chris Cooley will miss at least the next couple of weeks with a sore knee, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday night.

"Keep our fingers crossed that he'll be back. When it will be, I can't tell you for sure," Shanahan said.

Shanahan also said that Cooley has already had the knee drained a couple times. Cooley and others have said that the injury isn't serious, but if he's missing multiple weeks, it's worth at least wondering what is going on with him leading into the season.

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Washington Redskins Training Camp: Chris Cooley's Sore Knee Keeps Him Out Of Practice

ASHBURN, Va -  One of the more notable absences from practice this morning was that of tight end Chris Cooley. It's been clear ever since camp that he isn't a hundred percent, and has yet to comment on the injury.

When Mike Shanahan was asked after practice this morning, all he said about the injury was "his knee is sore". 

Cooley has looked very gimpy in the early going, not being able to get in on every rep he can, with Davis taking the vast majority of first team reps. So could this injury be a lingering issue?

"You're keeping your finger's crossed that it's not [lingering]," Shanahan said.  "We thought he needed some rest and hopefully he'll be able to come back, just like normal. But we didn't feel like he could practice today."

Needles to say, Cooley has been the Redskins most dependable offensive weapon for seven seasons, and tied his career high in receiving yards a year ago with 849 on 77 catches. 

With the Redskins' first preseason game now a week away and with the season opener just over a month away, Cooley's health could become a big issue going forward.

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